After six episodes, “The Barstool Tailgate Show” appears to have aired for the last time according to the Sports Business Chronicle. Hosted by Barstool founder Dave Portnoy, ex NFL punter Pat McAfee, along with former FS1 and ESPN personality Julie Stewart-Binks, “The Barstool Tailgate Show” was a college football show streamed on Facebook’s new video platform, Watch.
Broadcasting live from a different campus each week, the show covered a variety of topics and unique segments involving fans. The audience peaked with 150,000 viewers for their second episode, but the following four shows averaged less than half that amount.
Portnoy acknowledged the show was likely coming to an end via his podcast:
“The Barstool Tailgate Show, I don’t believe is going to continue due to a scheduling logistics issue. It’s a nightmare getting everybody in and out of a college town every weekend because there’s no airports. But we loved everybody who came and rocked with us,” said Portnoy
The announcement came shortly before the debut of Barstool’s Van Talk on ESPN 2 and in the wake of Sam Ponder’s justified criticisms of the company. ESPN’s Sam Ponder questioned the network’s partnership with Barstool, sharing past offensive comments made toward her by Barstool Sports via Twitter. Both Portnoy and Facebook said the decision to end the show was mutual having nothing to do with the controversy surrounding Barstool and ESPN.